Apple Cancels Plans for Second Danish Data Center

AABENRAA, DENMARK — Apple has announced that it is abandoning its plans for its data center in the municipality of Aaebenraa, in southern Denmark. It now hopes to sell the land it previously purchased in 2017. The decision is not surprising to industry observers, since the plan, which was at one point projected to cost $921 Million USD, has been beset by delays and bad headlines. Still, local Danish authorities are dismayed.

“It is completely unexpected for us that Apple today at a conference call informs us that they want to sell their land. Aabenraa Municipality has been working with Apple for a long time to create a breeding ground for one of the world’s largest data centers. At the same time, however, it is my view, from my conversation with Apple today, that this is an overall strategic business decision made in the United States, and that the decision has been taken entirely independently of the affairs of the Aabenraa Municipality. Today, and so far, there has been much praise from local partners and Aabenraa Municipality from Apple’s side,” wrote Stig Isaksen, Director of the Municipality of Aabenraa, in Danish (translated by Reuters).

“As we near completion of our new Viborg data center in central Jutland, Denmark, we’ve decided to focus on growing that site instead of building an additional data center in Aabanraa,” Apple said in a statement to Reuters, who broke the news. However, almost two months ago, Danish newspaper Viborg Stifts Folkeblad first reported that construction on Apple’s new hyperscale data center in Viborg, Denmark had come to a halt, and construction workers have been sent home with no instructions as to when to return. Viborg is located in the Jutland region of Denmark.

Denmark is not the only country being abandoned. Less than a year ago, Apple released a statement that it would be pulling out of an Irish data enter project as its planning application had been faced with repeated delays. In the statement Apple said, “Despite our best efforts, delays in the approval process have forced us to make other plans and we will not be able to move forward with the data center. While disappointing, this setback will not dampen our enthusiasm for future projects in Ireland as our business continues to grow.” Apple continued to then relay strategies to expand its European headquarters in County Cork where it employs over 6,000 people.